Monday, April 2, 2012

Mystery Monday #27

Welcome to our regular Monday feature, where you'll find different kinds of writing prompts and exercises. Each week, we'll give you something to help exercise your mystery-writing muscles.

Our Tuesday blogging theme this month is settings. So today's prompt is designed to help you use your story setting to the best advantage.

Setting as Character
Great settings have as vivid a presence in a story, and will be as memorable to readers as characters. Choose a setting for your story and describe it as you might a character, by writing a few paragraphs as a dossier. What does it look like? What are its personality traits? Is it rich or poor? Bright or dark? Moody or easygoing? Dangerous or safe? Reliable or unpredictable? Easily accessible or hard to reach? How does it interact with your protagonist? Does it support the events of the story in a logical way, or does it present unexpected challenges? What could make your setting even more memorable?

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